Arianna & Pitbull: “Sexy People” (a.k.a. The Fiat Song)

ROLE: Senior Flame Artist / VFX Compositor
VENDOR: Luma Pictures
AGENCY: The Richard’s Group

An Italian songstress I’d never heard of. A Cuban rapper named after a canine. An abundance of ridiculously fit women with embarrassingly tight swimsuits. Topless mermaids. Something resembling a spy plot. An armada of Fiat 500s that drive both underwater and on the ocean surface. The ultimate beach dance party. And of course, Charlie Sheen.

Every now and then, I get to work on a project that’s batshit nuts. And with this one, I got to participate in the insanity three times – in English, Italian, and Spanish – because, of course, every language needs an entirely different edit with entirely different takes.

So … Three conforms, with three times the beauty work, three times the sky replacements, three times the ocean clean-up and land removal, and three times the dancing fish and floating Fiats of an entirely CG underwater kingdom. You get the general idea.

On the plus side, the end result does put a smile on my face. And I have to say, even though I can’t stand listening to the song, it does sound best in her native Italian.

For each of these videos, I worked with fellow Flame artist Chris DeCristo.